Permit to Practice

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is responsible for regulating the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in the province of BC. Effective July 2021, firms that engage in the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience will be required to register for a Permit to Practice with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

The registration window for a Permit to Practice will open July 2, 2021. Firms will be required to complete their registration before September 30, 2021.

During the registration process, firms will be required to provide:

  • The firm’s business name and any additional operating names;
  • Office location(s);
  • Roster of registrants employed by or on contract with the firm;
  • The firm’s area(s) of practice; and
  • Business contact information.

Firms will also need to nominate:

  • At least one Responsible Registrant who will acknowledge responsibility for the firm. The Responsible Registrant must be an engineering or geoscience professional(s) who will be responsible for ensuring that the firm’s practice meets ethical, quality management, and continuing education requirements. They will also serve as a point of contact for practice reviews, audits, and investigations.
  • One Responsible Officer (may be the same individual as the Responsible Registrant). The Responsible Officer is the executive lead for their firm. This person does not need to be a registered engineering or geoscience professional but must have the authority to make binding decisions on behalf of the firm.

Once the registration process is complete, and the associated fees are paid, a Permit to Practice will be issued to the firm.

Within 12 months of receiving a Permit to Practice, the Responsible Registrant must complete a training session provided by Engineers and Geoscientists BC (available beginning in March 2021) and ensure the firm prepares and implements a Professional Practice Management Plan (PPMP), which documents the policies and procedures the firm has in place to meet quality management, ethical, and continuing education requirements.

Twelve months after receiving a Permit to Practice, the firm will become eligible for a compliance audit. The purpose of the audit is to assess the firm’s compliance with the Professional Governance Act, regulations, bylaws, guidelines, practice advisories, and policies of Engineers and Geoscientists BC including quality management, continuing education, and ethics standards.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC intends to audit all firms within the first 3 years of the program. After your initial compliance audit, subsequent audits will be on a 3–5 year cycle, based on the results of your firm’s initial compliance audit.

Firm Requirements by Sector

The timeline and key steps to apply for a Permit to Practice can be found in each firm sector document below:

Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all firms. If you have a question about whether or not you are required to apply for a Permit to Practice, please email us at [email protected].

More Information

Have a question about the firm regulation or registering for a Permit to Practice? Email us at [email protected] or visit our Regulation of Firms page.